If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. - Vincent Van Gogh

Imagination doesn’t trump research


Let’s debunk one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard, shall we?

This excuse crops up scary often and the pattern is more predictable than a picnic blanket’s. It is used to deflect and silence criticism under the mantle of artistic freedom and expression. Often they are claiming that “slavish accuracy” stifles creativity and hinders more than it helps. 

And that’s a horrendous line of bull they are trying to feed us and is wrong on so many levels at once it should create a special kind of singularity. Not only that, but it legitimizes laziness. 

You owe it to people to do your homework and listen to them. Respect, humility, human decency, and last but by no means least, professional pride should be all the reasons you need. Anyone who has just an ounce of self-respect left should strive to be as accurate as possible and do the best they possibly can. 

The debate whether or not you should write outside your own experience and the ethics tied up with it is a post for another time, but if you are taking that step, you absolutely have to put in the work and research until you can’t even read anymore and then you buy another two or three books on the topic. 

Representation matters and it absolutely has to be as accurate and authentic as you can make it. No matter what, there are going to be mistakes on your end but that shouldn’t stop you. Acknowledge them, learn, and do better next time. 

Writers write from imagination, yes, but they predominantly should be writing from empathy. 

- Matt


i draw hands using lots of boxes???

oR WELL thats what im visualising in my head i actually jsut draw some vague bullshit


then build the hand from that


bUT the boxes are there in my head thats what im picturing

u should all practice hands using pixelovely for ref tho


If there is one picture i post on here that i really wish y’all would reblog the fuck out of, it’s this one.

PLEASE. It could save many people that are under the ridiculous police state going on right now in Ferguson Missouri. Those people need our help.

hellvibe SAID:
Hello!!!! i was wondering if u have any tips for painting skin texture that u could share??? ALSO that being said frick all these people who think ur art is "easy" and "cheating" like one does not simply TRACE texture!! it takes mad skill!!!


There are two ways I do it.

Keep in mind that nobody really taught me, though? Like I didn’t go to school and learn the right way to do it. I just figured out a method, and it might not work for you.

The first way, I paint some colors, smudge them around to where I want them, and then slowly layer in scribbles, smudging and scribbling until I get a rough, natural look.

Like this:



The second way, I paint with a soft brush and slowly add details without any scribbling. I still use the smudge tool to blend some, but I don’t push the paint around nearly as much.

Like this:




The first way is a lot more like drawing with pastels, and the second way is a lot more like actual painting. But they both work pretty well for me. 

Hope that helps!

Anonymous SAID:
Hi, I just wanted to say that I love your art, and your rockin comics were so inspiring that I've decided to write my own! Any advice for someone totally inexperienced in comic-making? Also, do you have any webcomic recommendations? Thanks <33


Oh I’m so glad you’re inspired to make comics!! Just sitting down and creating them and putting them out there has brought SO MANY wonderful things into my life, I can’t stress enough how important it is just to get started!

In terms of advice, here’s what I think has been especially important for me on my journey:

  • READ LOTS OF COMICS! 2 years ago I didn’t have the remotest concept of the broadness and scope of stories that were possible to tell through comics. But there’s honestly SO MUCH there and even though you will definitely forge your own path, it’s great to find work that really speaks to you in the way it tells its story as well as the content itself.
  • START SMALL AND PRACTICE HEAPS! My first ever finished comic was only 8 pages! It was a good length to start with, because it allowed me to see it through without losing courage or motivation - the end was always in sight! Also you can share the finished product much quicker, which is a really good feeling. You’ll also improve wildly as you go, so it’s nice to start out a little smaller and not feel pressured to go back and make changes as you’re working on something/become more aware of your mistakes. That said,
  • MISTAKES ARE COOL AND YOU SHOULD MAKE THEM! It’s way better to make mistakes because you were actually out there doing stuff and trying and experimenting than to not make them at all! I look back and CRINGE so hard at my previous comics but it’s okay - we’re learning all the time, so if you get too hung up on ensuring all your output is of The Highest Possible Standard, you’re gonna spend a lot of time agonizing and revising. Definitely do the best you can, but also breathe and let go.
  • MAKE STUFF YOU REALLY REALLY LIKE! Don’t worry about what a comic “should” be. It should be whatever the hell you damn please. If you wanna draw a hard scifi political thriller, do it. If you wanna draw cute boys working in a cafe, do it. Never ever feel bad.
  • TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE MAKING COMICS! One of the coolest things is that there are SO MANY PEOPLE making amazing comics online right now, and another cool thing is that they’re all super excited about it and are generally pretty dang nice!! Tumblr isn’t bad, but honestly you should grab yourself a Twitter if you haven’t already, it’s where so many comic/webcomic artists hang out and it’s really easy to yell nice things and start conversations!! Peers are really important to have, and a huge part of why I’m still excited about comics every day! I’m so grateful for Twitter for letting me get to know the people I always admired and even work with them and have them in my life!!

As for recs, I definitely have them but this post is already fairly long and I’ve actually been meaning to do a big detailed webcomic recommendation post for a while! So I’ll end this here and ask you to look out for that soon~

I hope this was able to help a little bit! Best of luck with your comics!!

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I’m going to be more careful about announcing I need to go clean up the kitchen.




do you have any tips with drawing tied back hair?

There you go! Don’t be too neat when drawing hair, they should run wilddd


Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing, a remake of this post. Source.

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If you need proof that bettas should have at least 2.5 gallons, heated and filtered, here it is. The first picture is my betta, Tamaki, which I rushed into buying and had no clue how to take care of him. Thankfully, someone with knowledge on bettas messaged me and pointed me in the right direction. Thus…. the second is Tamaki only ONE MONTH later. He’s such a zippy, energetic fish compared to how he was in the bowl. His colors have also developed like crazy- he’s much more vibrant and his fins are beginning to turn red/blue, and the red spot on his head has spread, as well. 

 If you have your betta in a bowl, please consider getting a tank or rehoming him to someone who will. Your fish will be infinitely happier and healthier, giving you more time to enjoy having such a cool pet. 

 For some more information on the proper care of betta splendens: 

Betta Care Sheet

How To Set Up a Betta Tank

Betta Myths Debunked

I’ve recently rehabilitated a betta who had been kept in a one gallon bowl for three years. He was gray, with crazy short fins, skinny, and very lethargic. He improved immensely in just two weeks! A month later his fins are easily three times as long and his color is amazing, plus he zips all over his tank!!